silver, amazonite, glass beads, resin, ink, microscopic images on polymer
9 cm H x 3.8 cm W x .5 cm D
These colourful earrings are lightweight and easy to wear. The central microscopic graphic is printed on a 1/16” polymer backing. This graphic changes from front to back, to show a pop of colour as the earring dangles from the earlobe. A resin coating on both sides deepens the colour and mimics the polished surface of the adjacent stones.
The graphic on the front is a microscopic image of ferrous sulphate, a chemical compound with numerous industrial applications, including being used medically to treat iron deficiency. On the back is tryptophan, an amino acid that helps to regulate sleep quality and mood.
Continual prototyping with a penchant for developing new concepts, would be one way to describe Fia’s approach to her art practice. She enjoys exploring materials, experimenting with them to see what can be done, making samples and collecting prototypes for future reference. Over time she is able to draw from these, blending them together, and a new work is realized.
Within this series, she was distracted with how to incorporate color and a sense of light into her designs. Nature is ever present in Fia’s work, whether it be in the colors, forms, or the materials themselves. This study of the natural world is present throughout the design of her current series of earrings. Color interaction was her
primary interest, looking at and trying to understand it's intrinsic and reflective aspects. The central graphic elements were taken from microscopic photos of the chemicals ferrous sulphate, copper chloride, tryptophan, and dopamine. The element of stone lends organic, subtle nuance that catches the light. The glass beads play
on texture and framing, and alcohol ink imbues rich hues which are amplified by the reflective qualities of resin.
No matter what scale Fia works on, she gravitates toward detail. She finds as much wonder in the minutia of the microscopic, as in the vastness of the wilderness.